Saperstein to address Jewish-Christian relations for annual Cherrick Lecture

The 2011 Adam Cherrick Lecture, sponsored by Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in Busch Hall, Room 100. Rabbi Marc Saperstein, principal of Leo Baeck College in London, Europe’s premier center for progressive Jewish learning, will address the topic of Christian-Jewish relations.

Saperstein was the inaugural holder of the Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought and former chair of the Program in Jewish and Near Eastern Studies at WUSTL.

He also has taught at the Harvard Divinity School and served as the Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and director of the Program in Judaic Studies at George Washington University.

Saperstein is author of Moments of Crisis in Jewish–Christian Relations and Decoding the Rabbis: A Thirteenth-Century Commentary on the Aggadah.

He has published extensively on the Jewish sermon, including the National Jewish Book Award-winning volumes Jewish Preaching, 1200–1800 and Your Voice Like a Ram’s Horn: Themes and Texts in Traditional Jewish Preaching.

Other books include Witness from the Pulpit: Topical Sermons 1933–1980, Exile in Amsterdam: Saul Levi-Morteira’s Sermons to a Congregation of New Jews and most recently Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800–2001.

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